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The Lowdown:  My 2014 NWSL Awards Ballot

The Lowdown: My 2014 NWSL Awards Ballot

Dan Lauletta August 26, 2014 191

Here is my 2014 NWSL awards ballot. Votes were due prior to the start of the semifinal matches, and performances in those matches have no bearing on these picks or anyone else’s who had

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Oshoala, Lavogez, Mbock Bathy steal show at U-20 WWC

Oshoala, Lavogez, Mbock Bathy steal show at U-20 WWC

Jeff Kassouf August 25, 2014 18

MONTREAL, Canada – There was a buzz around Olympic Stadium on Sunday every time France’s Claire Lavogez or Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala touched the ball. Everyone knew there was a high possibility for something special

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Parsons proud of strides made after tough loss

Parsons proud of strides made after tough loss

Dan Lauletta August 25, 2014 19

Eight days after Mark Parsons admitted the occasion of trying to clinch a playoff berth got his side, the Washington Spirit produced a fantastic, 90-minute effort that included everything but a win.  They spent

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Lindsey leaves lasting impact on teammates, sport

Lindsey leaves lasting impact on teammates, sport

Jennifer Gordon August 24, 2014 9

Too often people look at easily quantifiable statistics when discussing professional athletes and what distinguishes the noteworthy ones. Lori Lindsey’s 31 caps and one goal with the U.S. women’s national team do not seem

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Riley rips Kansas City turf, stadium, purported 159-degree field temperatures

Riley rips Kansas City turf, stadium, purported 159-degree field temperatures

Jeff Kassouf August 24, 2014 198

For almost a year, Portland Thorns FC players and staff have discussed how they wanted to repeat as champions on their home field. Providence Park averages about 13,000 fans per game, an anomaly in

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FC Kansas City eliminates Portland — four reasons this year was different

FC Kansas City eliminates Portland — four reasons this year was different

Dan Lauletta August 23, 2014 23

FC Kansas City waited one day short of a year to get back to the NWSL semifinals, where they coughed up a 2-0 lead at home to the Thorns in 2013.  That this year’s

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In U-20 Women’s World Cup final rematch with Germany, Nigeria has chance to join world’s elite

In U-20 Women’s World Cup final rematch with Germany, Nigeria has chance to join world’s elite

Jeff Kassouf August 23, 2014 11

MONTREAL, Canada – Sitting high above Montreal’s city center, Nigeria U-20 women’s national team coach Peter Dedevbo was all business. He stood stiffly next to the World Cup trophy for the media photo opportunity,

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After massive turnaround in Year 2, underdog Spirit eye unthinkable against Seattle

After massive turnaround in Year 2, underdog Spirit eye unthinkable against Seattle

Jennifer Gordon August 23, 2014 5

The Washington Spirit are in the 2014 NWSL playoffs. That’s not a sentence many expected to be a true statement heading into the season. Here they are, though, preparing to take on the one

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Grainey: Coaches must take some responsibility for New Mexico hazing

Grainey: Coaches must take some responsibility for New Mexico hazing

Tim Grainey August 22, 2014 4

On Sunday evening, after returning from a 3-0 exhibition game loss to the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team held an alcohol-fueled initiation event and allegedly had

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Rested FC Kansas City readies for another semifinal meeting with Portland

Rested FC Kansas City readies for another semifinal meeting with Portland

Jeff Husted August 22, 2014 19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second straight year, FC Kansas City will host Portland Thorns FC in the opening round of the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs. And once again, these two teams

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